US wants Egypt to free Mursi

Updated 13 July 2013
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US wants Egypt to free Mursi

The US has urged the Egyptian military and interim leaders to free deposed President Muhammad Mursi for the first time since he was detained over a week ago.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US agreed with Germany’s earlier appeal for Mursi to be released and was “publicly” making the same request.
Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and opponents of the removed president have called separate rallies across Cairo amid fears of further bloodshed.


Egypt court orders one month YouTube block over Islam film

Updated 21 min 42 sec ago
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Egypt court orders one month YouTube block over Islam film

  • A lower court had ordered the video sharing site be blocked in 2013 after it carried the video "Innocence of Muslims"

CAIRO: Egypt’s top administrative court ordered authorities Saturday to block video-sharing website YouTube in the country for a month, after a years-long appeals process over a film denigrating Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, a judicial official said.
A lower court had ordered the video sharing site be blocked in 2013 after it carried the video “Innocence of Muslims,” but the case was appealed by Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and its ruling was stayed.
The 2012 amateurish film depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a buffoon and a paedophile, and sparked a wave of angry anti-American protests across the Middle East in which more than 30 people were killed.
Washington sought to keep a lid on the demonstrations by saying the controversial film was made privately with no official backing.
US officials said freedom of speech laws prevented them from stopping the production of inflammatory material.
The ruling is considered final and cannot be appealed.
As of Saturday afternoon, YouTube was still accessible in Cairo.